Music

Singing a new song out to the Lord

Notre Dame organist graces cathedral with ‘emotional improvisations’

World-renowned musician Olivier Latry visits Detroit for solemn vespers with archbishop DETROIT — When you hear Olivier Latry talk about music, it’s inspiring. When you hear Olivier Latry play music, it’s breath-taking. Sponsored by the Cathedral Cultural Series and music-lovers in the Metro Detroit area, Latry, the organist of the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris was in…

Italian organist performs with Syrian symphony, ‘passionate’ musicians

By Dale Gavlak Catholic News Service AMMAN, Jordan — A famed Italian Catholic cathedral organist is believed to have been the first Western musician to perform in Syria since the start of the civil war nearly six years ago. “It has been awesome. It was something unbelievable,” Eugenio Maria Fagiani told Catholic News Service by…

Two local CDs released in time for Christmas

DETROIT —Artists with ties to local parishes have released two albums in time for Christmas. Peter Kolar, a pianist for several years at St. Clement, Center Line; St. Sylvester and St. Edmund, Warren, has produced his debut “Variations,” a solo piano album featuring Kolar’s signature arrangements of Catholic songs such as “Joyful, Joyful” and “Come,…

Catholics nationwide singing local composer’s music at Mass

Norah Duncan’s ‘Unity Mass’ and ‘Holy Name of Jesus Gloria’ in use in churches across United States DETROIT — Everywhere Norah Duncan IV goes nowadays, he hears his own music. That’s because the “Unity Mass” and “Holy Name of Jesus Gloria” written by the Detroit-area composer, organist, choir director and music educator are being used…